Heat Stroke: Children and Hot Cars
As we approach the summer months, it is important to remember the dangers of leaving children in vehicles. Children’s Safety Network has released a new national survey on heat stroke and children trapped in cars. Although awareness has increased, there is still plenty more that needs to be done.
Heat Stroke Statistics
Since 1998, 636 children have died from heat stroke in vehicles. Of the total 636, over half were forgotten by an adult and left in the vehicle, while 47% died after gaining access to an unattended vehicle.
The new survey shows that awareness is increasing on this issue. About 85% of the survey respondents show they knew some of the dangers involving leaving children in vehicles. That’s a substantial increase from the survey conducted last year, where only 69% of parents and caregivers knew “a lot or some” of the dangers.